When the sun goes down, the night sky can change how to navigate on roads and highways. From diminished visual ability to fatigued drivers, the conditions require a heightened awareness to remain safe. It’s among the reasons why many driving schools devote special attention to night-time commuting. Here are several do’s and don’ts to keep in mind before getting behind the wheel.


Make sure your headlights are clean and working properly.

Poorly illuminated headlights can alter how much a driver can see down the road. To help prevent accidents, do a visual inspection to ensure your headlights are working properly. Because bulbs can go out at any time, you may not be aware unless someone brings it to your attention. You should also regularly clean headlights by removing dirt, bugs, and other grime that can impair visual acuity. 

Watch out for wildlife, especially during seasonal peaks. 

During mating season, deer and other animals are known to dart out into roads. These unexpected occurrences are fairly common at night. Driving school instructors advise their students to be especially alert when driving in rural or wooded areas. Slow down so that you will have enough time to react and brake to avoid a collision. Always observe posted speed limits where deer or other wildlife alert signs are located. 


Drive if you’re tired.

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A lack of sleep or being fatigued can affect your response time and judgment while driving. Night-time commuting is especially dangerous if you’re tired. One of the mainstays of driving school instruction is to avoid getting behind the wheel so that you can catch up on your rest. You want to be fully alert and able to react. If you feel yourself dozing off, pull over to a rest stop or safe area and sleep it off. It’s better to take this preventative step to help prevent accidents on the road. 

Look directly at other bright light sources. 

Making eye contact with other headlights or neon road signs at night can throw off your visual perception. If you encounter bright illumination while driving, slow down. Maintain a safe distance in your lane by directing your eyes to the lane markers. You can also use the edge of the road as a guide until the glare or other bright light sources have passed by. 


By following a few proactive steps, you can safely navigate at night. For 35 years, Sure-Drive Driver’s Training has provided comprehensive instruction for new, teen, and senior citizen drivers throughout Northern Kentucky, including Villa Hills, Edgewood, Park Hills, and Fort Wright. The licensed, insured, and state-certified driving school offers an extensive curriculum that includes safe and defensive techniques and vehicle operation. You can count on the team of professional and patient instructors for personalized attention in a calm and encouraging environment. Call (859) 331-0007 for the class schedule and rate information. Visit the website to learn more about the school’s services.